The Pirates rode a trio of home runs to a 3-1 victory over the Brewers Sunday afternoon, completing a rare four-game sweep at Miller Park.
Ivan Nova gave up a homer to Jonathan Villar in the third but otherwise continued to pitch well as a Buc, striking out four and walking none over six innings. Despite getting through six, though, he did leave the game prematurely with what the Pirates described as hamstring discomfort. With Gerrit Cole also currently hurt, the loss of another starter would be a problem for the Bucs.
The Pirates were still down 1-0 in the sixth when John Jaso, of all people, hit a second-deck homer to right to tie the game. It was just Jaso's fifth homer of the year, and first since June 22. Later in the inning, Gregory Polanco gave the Bucs the lead with a homer of his own, his 20th. Starling Marte added an insurance run when he homered off Carlos Torres in the eighth.
Meanwhile, the Pirates' bullpen took care of business, as Antonio Bastardo (who's allowed just two runs since rejoining the Bucs) and Felipe Rivero (who's allowed only one since arriving from the Nationals) took care of the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Tony Watson pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
So, great series. With the win, the 67-61 Pirates moved within a game of the Cardinals (who are losing in the ninth) for the second Wild Card spot. They moved a full game up on the Marlins, who lost today.